Loyola University Chicago

Fine Arts

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Major in Ceramics and Sculpture

The Ceramics & Sculpture Major at Loyola University Chicago explores the interplay between Art, Craft & Design, and reflects on the vital contribution that three dimensional art forms make to material culture. Enhanced by a long history and a diversity of contemporary practice, courses in 3D Design, Ceramics, Sculpture and Jewelry investigate a variety of perspectives and approaches (conceptual, theoretical and empirical). The program is housed in the Ralph Arnold Fine Arts Annex at the Lakeshore Campus which feature recently renovated studio spaces for 3D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, & Jewelry.

The curriculum is a streamlined sequence for students interested in earning the BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics & Sculpture. A total of 42 credit hours are required for the Ceramics & Sculpture Major. 24 credits are common to all applied majors within the division. These consist of 12 credits in Foundations, 6 credits in Art History and 6 credits in Synthesis. Another 18 credits are applied specifically within 3D. A total of 18 credits hours are required for the minor, which is structured similarly.

In the applied sequence of the major, choose from either FNAR 120 Ceramics I: Handbuilding, an exploration of various techniques in pursuit of individual expression or FNAR 121 Ceramics I: Wheelthrowing, an introduction to basic skills, design concepts, and the integration of craft and personal expression. This is followed by FNAR 222 Ceramics II: Intermediate Studio which expands technical skills and concepts towards a personal approach. The introductory sculpture course, FNAR 124 Sculpture I, utilizes basic materials and techniques to conceptualize three-dimensional forms and to build on knowledge gained in 3D Design. This is followed by FNAR 224 Sculpture II which further develops various sculptural techniques to create objects unique to a student’s vision. The applied sequence includes an elective choice which can be another 2D or 3D experience. FNAR 322 Sculpture / Ceramics III: Advanced Studio synthesizes applied knowledge with skills gained through personal research to create independent projects.

Throughout the program, students develop unique capabilities which can be applied to a broad range of career paths.  Students gain entry to higher education, or they can focus strategically on building a distinctive life in the visual arts though specialized production, promotion and collaboration. Many skills are transferrable for students interested in a career in the applied arts (interior architecture/product design/advertising & PR/theater & film/museums & galleries - exhibition design and production, props, sets, special effects etc.). More information about Fine Arts careers can be found at this page.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Comprehend, analyze and interpret the visual, functional, psychological, and social elements that constitute a work of art
  • Apply a range of materials, processes and techniques within their chosen concentration as a primary form of artistic expression
  • Engage in self-directed problem solving analysis and critical thinking, and take creative and intellectual risks in the production of original artwork
  • Comprehend the vocabulary, principles, theories and methodologies particular to their concentration, and interpret and articulate them through their own creative process
  • Employ scholarly and visual research in developing concepts that underlie their artistic intentions, and effectively communicate them orally and in written form
  • Reflect on the creative process in relation to audience, current professional standards, and contemporary developments in art production, theory and criticism, and work independently in the development of cohesive bodies of work for professional exhibition
  • Document artwork and artistic activity, and build portfolios relevant to the communication, dissemination and public display of creative work and artistic ideas
  • Understand the place of art making in human creativity within a global historical context. Differentiate between artistic styles, and the multiplicity of populations and communities from which works of have been made (and are made), and engage in critical discussion with a depth of analysis and appreciation for aesthetic and conceptual diversity
  • Recognize that art has many cultural and social dimensions, and make discerning observations and evaluations about ethical and moral issues in art related to gender, class, race, and religion